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I'm going through a book, and the example it gave me seems like is should work, but when I try and implement it, it falls short.

My Camera class takes three vectors in to generate View and Projection matrices. I'm giving it a position vector of (0,0,5), a target vector of
Vector.Zero and a top vector (which way is up) of Vector.Up.

My Three vertices are placed at (0,1,0), (-1,-1,0), (1,-1,0).

It seems like it should work because the vertices are centered around the origin, and thats where I'm telling the camera to look but when I run the game, the only way to get the camera to see the vertices is to set its position to (0,0,-5) and even then the triangle is skewed. Not sure what's wrong here.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Just to make sure I've given you guys everything (I don't think these are important as the problem seems to be related to the coordinates, not the ability of the game to draw them):
I'm using a VertexBuffer and a BasicEffect.
My render code is as follows:

effect.World = Matrix.Identity;
effect.View = camera.view;
effect.Projection = camera.projection;
effect.VertexColorEnabled = true;
foreach (EffectPass pass in effect.CurrentTechnique.Passes)
(PrimitiveType.TriangleStrip, verts, 0, 1);

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Here's a quick test: put the camera back where it was and swap the order of the second and third vertex. If it shows up, you were culling the triangle due to winding order (which tells the GPU which way a polygon is "facing").

As for the skew, how are you defining your view and projection matrices? Edited by BCullis

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Changing the order worked but it still is skewed.

My view matrix is:
view = Matrix.CreateLookAt(pos, target, up);
and the Projection matrix is
view = Matrix.CreatePerspectiveFieldOfView(MathHelper.PiOver4, (float)Game.Window.ClientBounds.Width / (float)Game.Window.ClientBounds.Height, 1, 100);

Ok, well changing the order worked but that wasn't why it was skewed.
I was defining the vertices in an array of VertexPositionColor and I was overwriting the Object at index 1.

vert[0] = new VertexPositionColor(variables);
vert[1] = new VertexPositionColor(variables);
vert[1] = new VertexPositionColor(variables);

So thank you for your help, worked perfectly Edited by destructivArts

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